Options for Full-Day Services for Children Participating in Head Start . Issues of Collaboration


Collaboration is the means by which each of the eight grantees has been able to organize and fund its full-day programs. Some of the grantees have formalized arrangements with other agencies and providers and other grantees rely on informal networks to help maintain the full-day classrooms. Entering into partnerships with other agencies and programs appears, for the most part, to be working well. Some of this success is due to the high profile the directors have within the larger child care community; collaborating with other agencies and programs is how these directors do business.

Problems stemming from collaborations usually arise from the need to report to multiple bureaucracies and funding sources that each have their own rules and regulations. Grantees have described differences in income guidelines, attendance policies for reimbursement, and eligibility as other areas where multiple requirements become an administrative burden.